Rising to fame from her Coke Studio debut, Momina Mustehsan is the newest Pakistani star. Quite surprisingly, she got into the limelight in the Pakistani music industry in an unbelievably little time. She faced a lot of criticism from people who claim that she is a parchi.
Papa is Army Walay
It is not entirely hard to believe that. She is the daughter of a most respected and well-known retired brigadier, Kazim Mustehsan. Her father’s influences helped her get to a lot of places where other young struggling singers never get a chance to be. She recently got a chance to speak at the event for ISPR interning youth.
She talked about youth’s social responsibilities, cyberbullying and importance of education. While all this sounds good, it seems odd that she was chosen to speak there. It is evident that her father’s rank gave her this opportunity. Otherwise, there are much better and experienced role models out there who can deliver a much more inspirational speech.
A lot of people suspected that Momina was a parchi case in Coke Studio. After the song, it became quite obvious that people were just after her looks. Even her popularity increased more due to her looks, not her singing abilities.
Many people claimed that her rendition of “Afreen Afreen” by the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan completely ruined the ghazal for them. Since she has no formal singing training, her lack of knowledge in the field was also criticized. It is quite surprising that a singer with no education in the field was chosen to sing alongside Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Talent to aur bhi hai!
There are much better and much more experienced singers in the industry than her. However, music producers just seem to overlook the talent. There are names like Aima Baig, Shilpa Rao, and Viccaji Sisters.
BBC Top 100 Most Influential Women
A few days ago, Momina Mustehsan made it into the list of BBC’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women”. That also created an uproar because it was quite unfair to have her up there with other women who are actually influential in their fields.
Momina is up there with women like NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, English footballer Steph Houghton, and Liberian President Ellen Johnson. Another Pakistani woman, Resham Khan, who is an acid attack victim is also on the list. Many people also criticized Momina’s position on the list saying that there are better options in Pakistan. Begum Abdul Sattar Eidhi, Ayesha Tariq, Muneeba Mazari and Namira Saleem are just a few of the hundreds of women from Pakistan who have influenced women all across the country.
In conclusion, we cannot entirely doubt her abilities as she is a pretty good singer. However, it is hard to believe that she achieved all this in such a short period of time without any ‘help’.
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